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Mike Ditka Says People Who Don’t ‘Respect’ The National Anthem Should ‘Get The Hell Out Of’ America

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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NFL legend Mike Ditka isn’t a fan of protesting during a national anthem.

National anthem protests are front and center again in the world of sports as players have kneeled in the MLB, and we’re going to see mass protests in the NFL. Ditka isn’t impressed. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel. I think there’s a way you protest and there’s a way you don’t protest,” the former Chicago Bears coach told TMZ during a recent interview.

Watch his full comments below.

How long before Ditka gets canceled for these comments? I have a feeling we can set our watches to him getting canceled.

I’m also not surprised at all that Mike Ditka is keeping things blunt. The dude is notorious for never filtering his thoughts.

He isn’t a fan of national anthem protests, and he wants you to get out of America if you don’t respect the flag.

It truly is a shame that we’ve allowed sports to become so political. I miss the days when we could just enjoy the games and cheer for great competition.

Now everything has to be political and everything has to be about debates. We should return to the days of just playing the game and uniting around something.

We’ll see what kind of response Ditka gets for these comments, but I have no doubt people will be pissed.